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Simeon takes down Lyons thanks to Nunn


Simeon takes down Lyons thanks to Nunn

Sunday, March 13, 2011
12:28 a.m.

By Phil Brozynski
Simeon sophomore sensation Jabari Parker had zero points, three rebounds, one assist and a steal Friday against Lyons at the Class 4A Argo Sectional final.

Luckily, the Wolverines have a few other players on the roster to whom they can turn.

Sophomore guard Kendrick Nunn came off the bench to score 16 points, including nine in the second quarter, to rally Simeon from a 22-12 deficit, and the Wolverines made 12-of-14 free throws in the final 1:55 to turn back the Lions 64-51.

Darien Walker had 11 points, Steve Taylor added nine and Tywon Pinkney and Rashawn McElrath each had eight points for Simeon (27-2), which closed the game on a 10-2 run after a basket by Mark Sewall (15 points) had Lyons within 54-49 with 1:35 remaining.

They were really keying on Jabari tonight, Simeon coach Robert Smith said. Some other guys were open to make plays. All Jabari wants to do is win. Thats what our program is all about.

Lyons used just six players to counter the defending state champions, and just four scored. But the Lions had the Wolverines backpedaling early, sprinting to a 10-point lead on a basket by Dylan Fiedler (15 points) with 7:04 remaining in the first half.

I had complete and total confidence that we would play well even with our leading scorer and rebounder (Nick Zeisloft) on the bench, Lyons coach Tom Sloan said. The guys were looking forward to the opportunity to show that we are for real.

Lyons hung around even after Simeon used a 15-4 run to wipe out a 36-33 deficit early in the third quarter. The Lions had a chance to pull within four with 1:10 left after a steal, but Eric Powers was wide left on a three-pointer from the corner.

Its just sad that people are going to look at the final score and think we got drilled, Sloan said. This game was nip-and-tuck. It could have gone either way. We just did not make a shot and turned the ball over at the end and they made a lot of free throws.

Powers led Lyons (26-3) with 16 points, and Spencer Mahoney rounded out the Lions scoring with five points.

Last year we were able to jump on them early, Smith said. But this team was much better than last years. It seemed like they were making every shot in that first quarter. Nunn gave us some energy off the bench. It was a team effort.

Marlins pitcher puts White Sox on Perfecto Watch on anniversary of Mark Buehrle's perfect game


Marlins pitcher puts White Sox on Perfecto Watch on anniversary of Mark Buehrle's perfect game

Rick Renteria called it "eerie."

Ten years to the day after Mark Buehrle delivered one of the most memorable moments in White Sox history with a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays, there was another Perfecto Watch on the South Side.

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Caleb Smith didn't reach "call your neighbors" territory, but he retired the first 17 batters he faced in order, taking a perfect game into the sixth inning Tuesday night against the White Sox.

"I'll be honest, it was a little eerie for us," Renteria said after the 5-1 loss. "I kept thinking, I wasn't here 10 years ago for that. And he was working that, and I was like, 'Hey, (pitching coach Don Cooper), I don't like what I'm seeing here.'"

Smith was excellent, striking out nine of those first 17 hitters he put down in order. On a night when White Sox fans were celebrating the anniversary of Buehrle's feat, this was not the type of celebration they had in mind.

"You start to see," White Sox shortstop Ryan Goins said. "Anybody says they don’t feel it, he can say he doesn’t feel it but everybody knows the perfect game is going on. ... But he did a god job keeping us off-balance today."

The White Sox broke up the Perfecto Watch with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Adam Engel putting an end to Smith's stretch of five consecutive strikeouts with a walk. Leury Garcia followed that with a walk of his own, and Jon Jay put an end to the no-hit bid and the shutout with an RBI single.

Smith gave up a base hit to AJ Reed the following inning, but he finished his effort with one run and just four base runners allowed over seven innings. Smith's had himself a nice season for the last-place Marlins, his ERA down to 3.30 after Tuesday night's game.

The four base runners the White Sox got against Smith were the only ones they had on a silent night for the bats. A pair of Marlins relievers followed up Smith's work with two 1-2-3 innings. The White Sox struck out 10 times.

A decade later, Renteria might have been one of the few in the White Sox dugout putting the history together with what was happening on the field Tuesday night, but that didn't make Smith any less dominant on the anniversary of Buehrle's dominance.

"I don’t think we are thinking that far back," Goins said. "We are just trying to go up there and have good at-bats, honestly. He did a great job of not really leaving anything in the middle of the plate to hit, mixing his pitches up and throwing everything for a strike. And then throwing chase pitches when he needed to."

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Cubs Talk Podcast: A Whole Roster of Issues


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